There were no new COVID-19 cases reported by the Hawaii Department of Health on Thursday, as the number of new people diagnosed with the virus continues to dwindle.

As of Thursday, 637 people had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the state since early March. Among them, 564 are considered to no longer have the virus and are qualified to be released from isolation.  Those who qualify to be released from isolation are cleared by health officials after their symptoms subside.

This week, retailers and some shopping malls have reopened across the state, following more than two weeks of fewer than six new cases confirmed each day.

The number of new cases reported each day in Hawaii continues to be minimal. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in Hawaii actually dropped by one on Thursday, after health officials purged a patient from the count for unspecified reasons.

“As a result of updated information, one Hawaii resident diagnosed outside of Hawaii was removed from the counts,” the Department of Health states on its website.

The number of Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state to date was readjusted from 11 to 10 overnight. Officials were not immediately available to comment further about why the patient’s case was removed.

Few New Cases In Recent Weeks

Oahu has documented the most COVID-19 infections. To date, 414 people have tested positive for the virus — with 376 of them considered not to have the virus anymore and released from isolation.

As of Wednesday, the case count on Maui remained at 117, with 92 people released.

All 75 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Hawaii County and 21 people who tested positive on Kauai have been released from isolation.

“Isolation should be maintained until at least three days after resolution of fever and myalgia without the use of antipyretics or at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, whichever is longer,” according to release criteria.

No new hospitalizations were reported. To date, 81 people have required hospitalization, including some on the mainland. The Department of Health does not indicate in its data how many people are currently hospitalized and how many have been discharged.

More than 37,436 people have been tested in Hawaii to date.

The state’s official COVID-19 death toll remained at 17, including 11 deaths on Oahu and six on Maui.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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